OK Social Networks – Enough!

I am going to have to have a close look at how this happens. Let me set the scene. I am doing some recruitment consulting at the moment, specialising in Project Management and Pre-Sales roles, two areas I have a lot of experience in. So I am doing this to help out a mate whilst I am looking for a permanent role for me. I never look for a role I have applied for so it is all squeaky clean and no conflict of interest.

Tonight the boss asked me if I would have a look for a Business Intelligence expert for an organisation working in the Micro Finance area. Sure, says I, “what BI tool are they going to use?”

“Either Tableau or T24″ he says”.

Now T24 I know. Tableau I wouldn’t know from a slice of pizza. So, a quick bit of googling and I turn up the web page for Tableau. That is all well and good then I noticed that there was a news release from the company saying they had made the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence solutions, in the Leader Quadrant and at the head of the field. A quick click on that link and I saw the table.

OK, so what’s my beef? I later went in to check up on my social life in Facebook and to make sure those dimwits had not switched me off “most recent” and slipped me into “top stories” again. They hadn’t but, as I started to scroll down my timeline (I like it chronologically thanks) I came across the following:

Like I want to see this in my social diary!
Like I want to see this in my social diary!

So, on my Facebook timeline I never talk about work or the companies I work for. I don’t talk anything really, other than social issues, wargaming, and why technology keeps failing for Mr Phillip.

If Tableau Software and Facebook think that this is going to have me rush out and either recommend their software or (gasp) buy it, they are seriously mistaken.

A task has been added to my next spare time (when I am not painting little toy soldiers) to scroll through all the settings on Google, Facebook and anywhere bloody else I can think of, and switch off anything that connects.

#fail #whatpissesmeoff dudes!

5 thoughts on “OK Social Networks – Enough!

  1. Doug 8 June 2014 / 12:31 am

    I keep it separate – my blog is one thing, my twitter another and my FB social, Convergence scares me.


    • Thomo the Lost 8 June 2014 / 12:38 am

      Yes, this particular convergence has got me paying more attention. There will be cleaning (and the accounts and sign-ons are all separate now I might add).


  2. Martin Stephenson 8 June 2014 / 3:21 am

    With Facebook tracking you they have “followed” your recent web searches and served adverts based on this activity. If you don’t block them this will happen again. I recommend Ghostery.


  3. Greg Kelleher 8 June 2014 / 3:39 pm

    It all so incestuous.


  4. khr 21 June 2014 / 5:10 pm

    Yeah, you can get strange effects that way. I recently was looking up some Anime pages, including Japanese-language ones (no, I don’t know the language), and suddenly, I get ads for flights to Japan (in Japanese) – on the New York Times webpage!


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